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29er Ovington Inlands and Harken Grand Prix Round 4 at Grafham Water

by Dan Armstrong 10 Nov 2016 06:30 GMT 5-6 November 2016

Fifty 29ers made the trip to Grafham for the Ovington Inland Championships and Harken GP for a weekend of big winds and fast racing. Saturday morning dawned cold and breezy, with winds sitting comfortably above 20 knots and even larger gusts blowing through. The first challenge of the day was simply launching: with such high winds it took a huge effort just to get off the shore. Even the top end of the fleet needed a helping hand to make it off the slipway!

Once over the first hurdle, boats lined up nervously for the first start in a cold breeze that was well into the 25-30 knot range. James Hammett and James Eales sailed an excellent race to cross the line in first ahead of Nick Robins and Billy Vennis-Ozanne. However, Nick took his retribution in the second race of the day, pushing JJ and James back into silver to take the win - with the mixed pair Sarah Jarman and Nick Devereaux following in third position.

After two races, it was becoming increasingly clear that the wind was becoming too much for many to handle and the race officer made the decision to wait onshore for more manageable conditions. Although the decision to fly AP over H was welcomed by many near-hypothermic sailors, it was not to last. After a brief interlude huddled in the warmth of the wet bar, the wind settled sufficiently and the decision was made to resume racing. Despite an attempted mutiny by some of the sailors to steal the D-flag, racing started promptly. Nick and Billy took line honours, followed by Hannah Bristow and Emily Covell to consolidate on their third in the opening race followed by Dan and Fin Armstrong.

Sunday dawned cold and cloudy, and it quickly became evident that the strong breezes seen on the previous day were here to stay. Nick and Billy continued where they left off, winning the first two races of the day by a considerable margin. Bobby Hewitt and Matt Leckie took advantage of a right shift to climb to second place in the opening race, and in the following race it was Dan and Fin Armstrong that claimed the second.

On a roll, the Armstrong brothers slipped inside at the final leeward gate to take the win from Nick and Billy in race six. Bobby and Matt sailed a strong final leg to place third in this penultimate race. However, with a scorecard of 2,1,1,1,1,2 Nick Robins and Billy Vennis-Ozanne took the event with a race to spare and (after seeing an opportunity to get in the showers early!) retired early: choosing to watch the final race from the comfort of the warm yacht club instead. With the top boat out of the picture, Dan and Fin grabbed another bullet to finish the day, followed in second by JJ and James and in third by Hannah and Emily.

After one of the windiest and wildest weekends in recent 29er history, Nick Robins and Billy Vennis-Ozanne added the title of Inland Champions to their collection, with Hannah and Emily taking first girl team and Sarah and Nick awarded first mixed pair. The Welsh team of Ewan Luke and Zac Blomeley were first juniors. In the overall rankings JJ and James just held out Dan and Fin to take second, who were then followed by the two girl teams Hannah and Emily (in fourth) and Courtney and Hanna (in fifth) to complete the top five.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubsR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1st2304NICK ROBINSBILLY VENNIS OZANNEHAYLING ISLAND SC / HISC211112(DNC)8
2nd2344JAMES HAMMETTJAMES EALESHISC / RLYC124(BFD)34216
3rd2337DAN ARMSTRONGFIN ARMSTRONGRTYC5(DNC)3521117
4th2379HANNAH BRISTOWEMILY COVELLLEIGH & LOWTON SC / HAYLING ISLAND SC3(BFD)2648326
5th111COURTNEY BILBROUGHHANNA BRANTHAYLING ISLAND SC / OXFORD SC6‑97375432
6th310GEORGE TARDREWFREDDIE SIMESHISC865‑1057637
7th2399BOBBY HEWITTMATTHEW LECKIELEIGH & LOWTON SC / LEIGH AND LOWTON SC(DNC)146283841
8th2025SARAH JARMANNICK DEVEREUXRLYMYC / BUDWORTH SC938‑13910746
9th2223ROBBIE KINGJOSH DAWSONCLWB HWYLIO PWLLHELI SC471212(DNC)6546
10th2343BELLA FELLOWSANNA STURROCKYEALM YC / LOCH TUMMEL SC/ROYAL TAY YC10(DNC)11810131365
11th2118JAMES HOLLISJAKE HARDMANRTYC / HISC1117‑2115691068
12th2216WILL CUNLIFFEJAMES CUNLIFFEROYAL TORBAY YC752023‑24111177
13th2416JAMES LEETCHJESS FLINTRUTLAND SC‑1715151411161283
14th2292ED NORBURYBEN TODDWARSASH SC / HAYLING ISLAND SC134(DNF)1815172087
15th403ELLIOTT KUZYKLEWIS BROWNPARKSTONE YC / CALSHOT SC/LYMINGTON TOWN12(BFD)10719192188
16th2236CHARLOTTE ORMERODDANIEL LEWISOXFORD SC / DRAYCOTE WATER SC1911‑23211415989
17th1781LUKE GRIBBINEWAN GRIBBINPAIGNTON SC15221491712‑2489
18th2203HATTIE ROGERSTILLY MATTHEWSROYAL LYMINGTON YC / CARDIFF BAY YC14(DNF)1720121819100
19th2040RYAN BUSHLOUIS GIBBSBRISTOL CORINTHIAN YC / CHEW VALLEY LAKE2110261713(DNC)18105
20th1504ELLIE WALTONPADDY KEECHDRAYCOTE WATER SC22(DNC)911272215106
21st2493EWAN LUKEZAC BLOMELEYLLANDUDNO SC1820182220‑2616114
22nd773ALICE SMITHMATT HODGESQMSC/HISC / QUEEN MARY SC(DNC)131926232114116
23rd843HUGO BURROWSOLI KINGOXFORD SC/WEST OXFORDSHIRE SC / HISC(DNC)182224182827137
24th2347FREYA BLACKORLA MITCHELLHISC2019(DNC)19RDGRDGRDG142
25th2173ETHAN LEAHYROBERT RICHARDSONWINDERMERE SCHOOL / RWYC/ULLSWATER YC(DNC)1224DNC161423144
26th2046OLLIE DIXONDYLAN WALENDY‑ WRIGLEYROYAL HARWICH YC / HARWICH TOWN SC(DNC)211616RET2317148
27th1905EDOARDO SIROLLAFEDERICO SIROLLAQUEEN MARY SC2316(DNC)27293028153
28th2478HUW EDWARDSIAGO DAVIESCLWB HWYLIO PWLLHELI SC(DNC)813425DNCDNC160
29th2241TOBY ATHERTONHENRY JAMESONGURNARD SC/HISC / HAYLING ISLAND SC24(DNC)25DNC302022176
30th382SAM COOPERALASTAIR RIMMERWEST LANCASHIRE YC1623(DNC)DNC323330189
31st2494MORGAN ARCHERHAKAN DIGBYBLUE CIRCLE SC / QUEEN MARY SC(DNC)DNCDNC28223125216
32nd2414HANNAH ROBERTS‑STRAWAMY BALECARDIFF BAY YC / SOUTH CAERNARFONSHIRE Y(DNC)DNCDNC2921DNC26241
33rd2045LUCY WILSONALLY FERGUSONASYC/RTYC / LOCH TUMMEL SC/ROYAL TAY YC(DNC)DNCDNC252627DNC243
34th1322SAM KNEALECIAN ASHBYCARDIFF BAY YC / ROYAL LYMINGTON YC(DNC)DNCDNC36343429243
35th2123JESSIE MAINJESS JARMANWARSASH SC(DNC)DNCDNC302825DNC248
36th2206MARA LYONSOPHIE KIRKLARGS SC / STOKES BAY SC(DNC)DNCDNC323332DNC262
37th2028DAISY LEE‑BROWNECAITIE ATKINWHITSTABLE YC(DNC)DNCDNC353637DNC273
38th1754MILLIE ALDRIDGEJESS JOBSONPARKSTONE YC / ROYAL TORBAY YC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC3824DNC282
39th2175RORY ANGUSGREGOR ANGUSROYAL TAY YC/WORMIT BOATING CLUB(DNC)DNCDNC3331DNCDNC284
40th2327CHARLOTTE GORDONDANI MIDDLETONPARKSTONE YC / SALTASH SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC3729DNC286
41st724ALICE EDMONDSBEN SYKESCHEW VALLEY LAKE SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC3631287
42nd2018HANNAH SCOTTBEN IBBOTSONLOCH VENACHAR SC / ANNANDALE(DNC)DNCDNC37DNC35DNC292
43rd2345FERGUS FOXHARRY FOXBURGHFIELD SC(DNC)DNCDNC3439DNCDNC293
44th2022EMMA TARDREWTRISTAN PAYNEHAYLING ISLAND / HAYLING ISLAND SC(DNC)DNCDNC31DNCDNCDNC306
45th544RYAN BAILEYJOE PURDIEDABCHICKS SC(DNC)DNFDNCDNC35DNCDNC310
46th1972VICKY COWANPHILLY ALAPORTCHESTER SC / HISC/MENGEHAM RYTHE SC(DNC)DNFDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC330
46th543ARCHIE LECKIECHARLIE HUTCHINGSLEIGH & LOWTON SC / WARSASH SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC330
46th619GEORGE RICHARDSGREGORY BROWN (DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC330
46th2507MAX CLAPPROSGO BANHAMROYAL SOUTHERN YC / BEWL VALLEY SAILING(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC330
46th313MEGAN THORNLEYJAMES ABBATTULLSWATER YC(DNC)DNCDNFDNCDNCDNCDNC330
46th2331TOM DAWSONHARRY PULFORDCLWB HWYLIO PWLLHELI SC / LLYN BRENIG SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC330
46th311ROBIN JONESSVEN WHITEDRAYCOTE WATER SC/HYKEHAM SC / DRAYCOTE(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC330
46th470ERIC MCFARLANE BONDJUDE MCFARLANE BONDCHEW VALLEY LAKE SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC330
46th1971RORY ODELLELLIOTT MARSHALLNORTHAMPTON SC / DRAYCOTE WATER SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC330

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